Annal: 2002 Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best Novel

Results of the Gaylactic Spectrum Award in the year 2002.

Book:The Song of the Earth

The Song of the Earth

Hugh Nissenson

Even before his birth, Johnny Baker’s life is in danger. His mother breaks the law when she has her fertilized egg endowed with genes that will give her son the potential to become a visual artist. Born in 2038, John Firth Baker is the first genetically engineered artist. At the age of nineteen, at the threshold of his career, he is murdered. Now, ten years after his death, Baker has become famous. An art curator has organized a show of his work, and his biography-culled from journals, e-mails, and interviews with those who knew him best-is published. The Song of the Earth is this “biography.” It presents a powerful and haunting portrait of an artist as a young man in the twenty-first century.

Baker is born into a world transformed by technology: genetic profiles, space travel, and controlled housing communities are commonplace. Global warming has altered the environment. A planetary gender war is raging, familial structures are shattered,…[more]

Book:Bouncing Off the Moon

Bouncing Off the Moon

David Gerrold

Having escaped both an Earth on the verge of global collapse and their squabbling parents in a “divorce” at Geosynchronous Station, a newly independent Charles and his two brothers find themselves alone on the Moon with very few prospects. Worse, they are being hunted by ruthless interplanetary corporations who would stop at nothing to come in possession of a memory bar the boys smuggled on board. Can they make it on their own? Who can they trust?

Charles thought the moon would be a new beginning. He will be lucky just to stay alive.

Book:Dreamer

Dreamer: A Novel of the Silent Empire

Steven Harper

The Dream
…is a plateau of mental existence where people are able to communicate by the power of their thoughts alone.

The Silent
These people-known as the Silent-find that the Dream is threatened by a powerful Silent capable of seizing control of other people’s bodies against their will…and may be causing tremors within the Dream itself.

The Risk
And if the “normals” learn of this, they will do anything to capture the Silent for use as a weapon - and the Dream itself may be shattered forever…

Book:The Ghost Sister

The Ghost Sister

Liz Williams

The fate of a planet lies with an outcast woman and a mysterious visitor….

In this richly imagined and thought-provoking novel, Liz Williams tells the story of a world engineered to preserve the precarious balance between animal and human. To this world comes an emissary from a distant planet who will walk the razor-thin line between consciousness and instinct, freedom and conformity, life and death.

On Monde D’Isle a rugged people live in union with their world. They migrate with the tides of the moon, sense the meridians of the planet, and slip into a Dreamtime that grants them access to—and escape from—the darker urges of their animal nature.

Mevennen ai Mordha is out of tune with her people’s “bloodmind.” She is protected by her devoted brother Eleres,…[more]

Book:The Kappa Child

The Kappa Child

Hiromi Goto

From the award-winning author of Chorus of Mushrooms, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Carribean and Canadian Region and was the co-winner of the Canada Japan Book Award, The Kappa Child is the tale of four Japanese Canadian sisters struggling to escape the bonds of a family and landscape as inhospitable as the sweltering prairie heat.

Book:Kushiel's Dart

Kushiel's Dart

Jacqueline Carey

A nation born of angels, vast and intricate and surrounded by danger… a woman born to servitude, unknowingly given access to the secrets of the realm…

Born with a scarlet mote in her left eye, Phédre nó Delaunay is sold into indentured servitude as a child. When her bond is purchased by an enigmatic nobleman, she is trained in history, theology, politics, foreign languages, the arts of pleasure. And above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Exquisite courtesan, talented spy… and unlikely heroine. But when Phédre stumbles upon a plot that threatens her homeland, Terre d’Ange, she has no choice.

Betrayed into captivity in the barbarous northland of Skaldia and accompanied only by a disdainful young warrior-priest, Phédre makes a harrowing escape and an even more harrowing journey to return to her people and deliver a warning of the impending…[more]

Book:A Paradigm of Earth

A Paradigm of Earth

Candas Jane Dorsey

Candas Jane Dorsey’s first novel, the fantasy Black Wine, won three significant awards and got enthusiastic reviews across the United States and Canada. Now Dorsey returns with a literary SF parable about a woman named Morgan and her offbeat household. In the near future, when political and social conservatism dominate society, Morgan inherits a big, century-old mansion in a prairie city and moves there to rebuild her life. She fills the house with sexual misfits and political outcasts, in a sense, orphans like herself. But the final tenant is one she never could have imagined: an alien child.

Book:Point of Dreams

Point of Dreams

Melissa Scott, Lisa A. Barnett

The city of Astreiant has gone crazy with enthusiasm for a new play, The Drowned Island, a lurid farrago of melodrama and innuendo. Pointsman Nicolas Rathe is not amused, however, at a real dead body on stage and must investigate. A string of murders follow, perhaps related to the politically important masque that is to play on that same stage. Rathe must once again recruit the help of his soldier lover, Philip Eslingen, whose knowledge of actors and the stage, and of the depths of human perversity and violence, blends well with Rathe’s own hard-won experience with human greed and magical mayhem.

Their task is complicated by the season, for it is the time of year when the spirits of the dead haunt the city and influence everyone, and also by the change in their relationship when the loss of Philip’s job forces him to move in with Nicolas. Mystery, political intrigue, floral magic, astrology, and romance—both theatrical and personal— combine to make this a compelling read.

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